Aston Villa confident deal for Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given is close

08 July 2011 08:43
By Telegraph staff and agencies[LNB]8:04AM BST 08 Jul 2011[LNB] Villa are poised to replace one veteran in Brad Friedel with another in 35-year-old Given who wants the chance to play first-team football again. [LNB]The two clubs have held talks and sources close to Villa are optimistic a deal will be finalised sooner rather than later. [LNB]Given was the number one at Newcastle for more than a decade before moving to Eastlands two and a half years ago. [LNB]But the emergence of England keeper Joe Hart who played under McLeish when on loan at Birmingham cost him his place last season. [LNB]Personal terms are not expected to be a major stumbling block even though Given is reported to be on £80,000 a week at City. [LNB]Related Articles

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